A Chilly Workout Indeed!

Happy Friday! As promised, I have some winter workout tips up my sleeve that I would like to share with you this morning. Now, I am not a fitness expert, but I have been working out for quite some time now — my mom and I did Jane Fonda when I was four — I would bring my little towel out for a workout — and Callanetics even later. (;

Working out in the winter can be tough. Not only is it cold, but it’s dark until about 10 a.m., and crawling back into bed seems like a much better option than slipping into your gear for a sweat session. But this is also the time that weight gain can creep on us as a result of holiday goodies and one too many snack sessions in front of “The Christmas Story.”

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Running in the Snow, January 2008

Here are a few of my tried-and-true tips. I hope they help you get you moving — even in chilly weather!

1.) If you have the dough, consider investing in some fitness gear

that will keep you toasty during winter workouts. Try Under Armour’s Women’s Tornado II Mock or the Men’s ColdGear Fitted Longsleeve Crew. You may also want to consider ear-covering head bands, tights for under pants, gloves, and even a mask that will shield your face from suffering windburn and chapped skin.

2.) At-home workouts can be a Godsend when the weather takes a turn for the worst. A few of my favorites: Jennifer Kries’ Pilates Method: Precision Pilates, The Science of Fitness with Tamilee — I Want that Body! (The leg section is killer!), Classical Pilates Technique: The Complete Mat Workout Series (Workouts for beginner through advanced) and Jillian Michaels-30 Day Shred.

3.) I actually do this one year-round: Right now, I have to climb 8 flights of stairs to get to my apartment. So, after I am done with a workout, I push myself one extra step by walking or running up the stairs. Focus on pushing out of your heels and you will really feel it in your butt! Adding these little bursts can really get your heart moving, and they make you sweat while avoiding chilly weather.

If all else fails — tough it out! Like my mom says, you can always get warm. So, keep that in mind and, if you are up for it, suck it up and get outside for a sweat session. The cold weather will be a wake up call and, when you are done, you can head inside for a warm cup of hot cocoa. Enjoy it and your newly toned body!

P.S. Happy 20th Birthday to my gloriously wonderful future sister-in-law, Michelle! I LOVE YOU, darling!!

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Filed under Eat, Pray, Run, September 2008

4 responses to “A Chilly Workout Indeed!

  1. Michelle Izquierdo

    YAY!! thank you!! that was a glorious surprise at the end of a fabulous article! i may need the cold weather tips cause there i a great chance i may be in Pennsylvania next year!

  2. Susan

    Your mom sounds so cool! You seem like your really close to her and your family, you’re so fortunate. That Callanetics looks like an interesting form of exercise. I can’t believe your mom would exercise with you that long ago! What a great role model!!

  3. Amanda

    Happy belated birthday Michelle! Moving to PA???? If so…you best prepare yourself for the weather change! 🙂 Our Mom is the coolest Susan! Our early start really set the tone for a healthful life!

  4. Yeah, Susan, she’s alright! Ha, ha, ha … just kidding, mom … I love you! I actually got a copy of that Callanetics workout, so I will have to review it here! Thanks for reading.

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